On A Chocolate Detox? Here Are 10 Ways To Get Your Sugar Fix Under 150 Calories

23 April 2014 by

GALLERY>>11 Low-calorie Chocolate Fixes

1. Chocolate Rice Cakes = 57 Calories Per Slice

Not naughty, very nice. These Kallo Organic chocolate-covered rice cakes are from [a target="_blank" href="http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=4066">Holland and Barrett[/a]. Keep in your desk drawer for 3pm emergencies.

2. Cocoa Tea = Zero Calories!

For a chocolate hit without the guilt this genius cocoa infusion tea from [a target="_blank" href="http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/shop/collections/products/cooking-chocolate/cocoa-infusion">Hotel Chocolat[/a] is made of crushed roasted cocoa shells. A much healthier snack than a milky hot chocolate but just as satisfying.

3. Chocolate Banana Ice = 75 calories!

Frozen Chocolate banana. 1/2 a small banana dipped in 2 squares dark melted chocolate and frozen gives you a small-but-controlled chocolate fix while the banana provides important vitamins and minerals and adds fibre and bulk to your snack, meaning you'll feel satisfied for longer. An added bonus is that frozen banana tastes just like banana ice cream.

4. Chocolate Milk = 100 calories (Low fat and calorie, 200ml)

There are a few low fat, sugar free chocolate drinks on the market that can satisfy your chocolate craving and provide valuable nutrients such as calcium. Look carefully at the label for the sugar/fat content though. Or you could try Choc Shots, only 14 calories a teaspoon. Simply stir a teaspoon of this liquid chocolate into a glass of skimmed milk for an instant chocolate shake treat. Buy it [a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/%20http:/www.mysupermarket.co.uk/sainsburys-price-comparison/desserts/sweet_freedom_chocolate_shot_320g.html">here[/a].

5. Skinny Cow Lollies = 97 Calories

Skinny Cow ice lollies are little sticks of yumminess that you won't feel guilty about treating yourself to. Buy them at Tesco or [a target="_blank" href="http://www.ocado.com/webshop/product/Skinny-Cow-Mint-Double-Choc-Sticks/59172011?from=offers&tags=%7C20000%7C19998%7C20911%7C38179&parentContainer=%7C19998%7C20911%7C38179_SHELFVIEW">Ocado[/a].

6. Cacao Nibs (1oz) = 130 Calories

Cacao nibs are cocoa beans that have been roasted, removed from their husks, and broken into small pieces. They are crunchy and taste similar to unsweetened chocolate. They can be eaten on their own and added to yogurt, trail mixes, muesli, smoothies, pancakes and sprinkled over cereal. Low in calories, they contain minerals and antioxidants. Find them at [a target="_blank" href="http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=3966&MCatID=316&prodid=4333&cid=433">Holland And Barrett[/a].

7. Two Squares of Frozen Dark Chocolate = 30-80 calories *

Some dieticians say the best way to curb chocolate cravings is with the real thing, but minimizing the calories. Choose the highest percentage cocoa that you can (we like anything by [a target="_blank" href="http://williescacao.com/index.php?rid=home">Willies Cacao[/a]), as these contain the most beneficial antioxidants. To help you stick to just two squares, keep it in the freezer. Ice-cold chocolate takes time to eat and savour - hopefully long enough for your craving to pass!
*depending on square size, brand and % cocoa

8. Carob = 70 Calories (2 tablespoons)

Carob is a tropical pod derived from a tree in the Mediterranean. Its pulp is roasted and ground into a fine powder that tastes very similar to cocoa powder. It is naturally low in fat, high in fibre, contains calcium and is less bitter than cocoa, so does not need additional sweetening. Carob comes in many forms which can be used in cooking, such as powders, liquids, and carob chips. Add them to trail mix, fruit, yogurt, or use it as a substitute for chocolate chips in baking. Buy carob drops from Planet Organic [a target="_blank" href="http://www.planetorganic.com/siesta-carob-drops.html">here[/a].

9. Raw chocolate = 126 calories (2 squares depending on brand)

The fundamental difference between your commercial chocolate bar (such as Cadbury’s or Green & Blacks) and raw chocolate is this: the cacao in raw chocolate is never heated above 45°C, unlike commercial chocolate which is roasted at 130°C, meaning all the anti-oxidants, enzymes and nutrients stay. What's more, whereas most commercial bars are full of sugar, milk, fats and flavourings, raw chocolate is made up just four simple ingredients; cacao beans (chocolate), cacao or coconut butter (fat) and agave syrup (sweetener) plus natural essential oils, berries and nuts for flavouring. Stock up [a target="_blank" href="http://www.therawchocolatecompany.com/allan_html_pages_new/more_info_vanoffe_dark_44_22.htm">here[/a].

10. Chocolate Cereal = 97 calories

Small servings of chocolate flavoured cereal such as [a target="_blank" href="http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=280622976">Natures Path Chocolate Munch[/a] can make the ideal nutritious snack and still can give you your chocolate fix. Look for varieties that are high in fibre, low in fat and sugar and fortified with vitamins. Check the recommended portion size on the packet and halve it. Transfer serving into a clip lock bag that you can eat in the go.

OD-ed on chocolate and have vowed never EVER to touch the stuff again?* Thinking of embarking on a chocolate detox but can't bear to go cold turkey? We hear you! After a long weekend of more than enough Easter eggs, hot cross buns, chocolate bars, cupcakes and simnel cakes we've decided it's probably a good time to look at ways we could indulge our sweet tooth in a more healthy way. So here are our top 10 ways to indulge guilt free, all under 150 calories. Enjoy!

*Well, not until tomorrow at least!

Please note that calorie values here are averages and may vary from brand to brand.



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